Two-time Democratic congressional candidate Joyce Schulte this morning made her expected decision official. She's not running for a third chance to take on U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron.
“While there is a lot of interest in my running again, especially after Bob Chambers took his name out, we surveyed and explored the potential again, and discussed it with family and long time friends, I will let other people have this year, Schulte said. "I will continue to turn my attention and energy to other ways of stimulating this district in economic terms and for kids.”
Schulte and Chambers, a retired businessman from Essex, squared off in the 2006 Democratic primary from which Schulte emerged. Both are out of the 2008 race which at this point clears the field for retired Presbyterian minister Rob Hubler of Council Bluffs.
“It has been my joy to run for Congress in previous campaigns," Schulte said. "The people of the great 5th District are tremendous, and that includes independents and Republicans, as well as the Democrats. I continue to encourage those who work, pay taxes and not registered to become registered and to express their choices at election time. I especially welcome people to the Democratic party.
“I will continue to work with Iowa, especially, to remove heavy metals such as mercury, aluminum, arsenic and others from our immunizations and vaccinations. I will continue to work for more effective educational methods and find ways to encourage greater academic success. In essence, kids will be my major effort, including my grandchildren! I anticipate more travel and internet work.”